Forklifts and visibility

A recent accident in New Jersey reminds us yet again how important it is for forklift operators and pedestrians to look out for each other.

A 49-year-old man sustained serious injuries when a forklift operator heading towards the loading dock did not see him, resulting in two broken legs and a cut from his thigh to his ankle.

Visibility for operators is not great, loading docks can be busy places and lighting in warehouses is not always ideal.

Recommendations: wear high-vis vests, keep loading docks clear of pedestrians, use the lights on your forklift, when operating move your head around so that you have a greater field of vision.

Here is a good clip on this subject: Fields of Vision.  Show it to your pedestrians and operators.